American Humanist Association Launches Campaign Urging Students to Stay Seated During the Pledge of Allegiance

Last week, the American Humanist Association released the results of a poll they conducted about the phrase “Under God” in the Pledge. The poll showed that when people are told about the history of the phrase — how it was added to the Pledge in 1954 during the Cold War — more than a third of respondents supported removing the phrase.

The AHA is following up those results today with what’s sure to be a controversial national campaign. They’re urging students to remain seated during daily recitations of the Pledge of Allegiance to show solidarity with the non-religious people who are being discriminated against — and that means educating everyone about the history of “Under God.” The campaign includes bus ads in Washington, D.C. and New York City as well as 15-second ads on YouTube:



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I Thought About It. It Still Doesn’t Make Sense

Answers in Genesis published this cartoon a couple of days ago and Ken Ham sent it out in his latest newsletter:

It took me a while, but I think I figured it out.

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A Debate on School Prayer Between an Expert and an Idiot

The Lubbock Avalanche-Journal in Texas published a debate on the topic of school prayer in today’s paper. On one side, they have Arnold Loewy, the Chair of Criminal Law at Texas Tech School of Law.

On the other side, they have Donald May who wouldn’t know the law if it were spelled out right in front of him. Which it is.

Let’s start with the sensible Loewy:

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Can Catholic School Students in Ontario Skip Religious Classes? Yes, but This Teacher Was Punished for Saying So

It’s back-to-school time, and this year Catholic school teacher Paul Blake goes back to the classroom in England rather than in Canada, where he and his family moved after an Ontario school board marred his record as an educator with a disciplinary note. They say his behavior was “inappropriate,” that he “undermined the vision and mission of the board.”

His infraction? Last year, he informed a group of Grade 12 students of their right to be exempted from any explicitly religious content within their education.



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Non-Religious Students Make Up More Than a Third of Harvard’s New Freshman Class

It’s not a scientific survey by any means, but Harvard’s newspaper, The Crimson, asked incoming freshman to fill out a survey in order to assess various demographic trends. More than 70% of students responded. The section about religious beliefs, in particular, is unbelievable:



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